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I don't know about any letter!
~ Maria breaking down while being interrogated by Hamilton.
Please, don't go sir!
~ Maria pleading to Hamilton not to leave her with her abusive husband.

Maria Reynolds (based on the historical figure of the same name) is a major antagonist in the 2015 musical Hamilton and its 2020 film adaptation of the same name. She is the abused wife of James Reynolds and is unknowingly used by the latter to get financial gain from Alexander Hamilton.

She was portrayed by several actresses across the runs of the show, however she was portrayed first and most famously by Jasmine Cephas Jones who also portrayed her in the 2020 film.

Biography

Maria first appears when she enters Alexander Hamilton's home and asks him for help, citing that her husband had abandoned her and she had nowhere to go. Taking pity on her Hamilton agreed to walk her home and give her a small loan, however she found herself taking a liking to him and the two had an affair. Over the course of the next month this continued, and became habitual for the two, until eventually Hamilton discovered that James Reynolds was aware of what they were doing and was now blackmailing Hamilton.

Furious Hamilton rushed to Maria and interrogated her, refusing to believe her when she said she had no idea what was going on. In the end in spite of her pleas for him to stay Hamilton abandoned her and simply paid off her husband, not giving a second thought to her.

Later on Hamilton's funding irregularities were discovered Aaron Burr, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, who mistook Hamilton for having committed fraud, when he revealed the truth to them however they were satisfied with his innocence although disgusted and Jefferson and Madison promised to not tell anyone whereas Burr simply told Alexander that rumours can only grow.

This prompted a paranoid Hamilton to publish The Reynolds Pamphlet which detailed the entire affair between him and Maria as well as his connection to James. Maria looked on, heartbroken while this happened, having her life essentially ruined by a man who abandoned her and paid off her abuser.

Eventually Maria Reynolds passed away at the age of 59.

Personality

Maria was a broken, miserable and lonesome woman, who simply longed to be loved, something which her husband clearly didn't give her. Upon meeting Hamilton she was instantly infatuated with him and loved his company. After he abandoned her and published the pamphlet however she was left heartbroken and humiliated by his actions.

Appearance

Maria was a beautiful dark skinned woman, with thick, long black hair curling down the right hand side of her face. In spite of being poor she seemed to have an expensive fashion sense, she wore a crimson dress with a tight laced front and rolled up sleeves, as well as prominent makeup, most notably her cherry red lipstick.

Trivia

  • Maria Reynolds' life was ruined thanks to The Reynolds Pamphlet in real life as it was in the show, so much so that she and her husband had to move away from America thanks to public humiliation. In the aftermath of everything however she eventually divorced from him and returned home.
    • The real life version of Maria also wrote her own pamphlet regarding she and Hamilton's affair, however it was never published.

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